NCCIT Public Hearings

November 30, 2017 &  December 1, 2017

Raleigh Convention Center
500 S Salisbury St
Raleigh, NC 27601

NCCIT Public Hearings

NCCIT Commissioners are preparing to hold public hearings in Raleigh, NC November 30 - December 1, 2017.  Witnesses will testify to the 11-member Commission about the U.S. torture program and North Carolina's involvement.  In mid-2018, the Commission will issue a public report with findings and recommendations.  


These hearings are open to the media and the public, but a RSVP is strongly requested (form below).  

Thursday, November 30, 2017
9:00am - 5:00pm ET

Friday, December 1, 2017
9:00am - 3:00pm ET

Public Hearing Agenda
RSVP form
Logistics & Details
Witness Bios


NCCIT Public Hearing Agenda

November 30th, 2017

  • 9.00     Catherine Read: Welcome from NCCIT Staff and Logistics
  • 9.10       Frank Goldsmith, Jen Daskal & Robin Kirk: Mission & Purpose of the Commission
  • 9.30      Sam Raphael:  The global CIA rendition and torture program, and NC’s role
  • 10.30    Juan Mendez:  Global perspective on U.S. torture and the lack of accountability
  • 11.00    Coffee Break
  • 11.20    Deborah Weissman:  Human cargo:  NC-linked renditions 
  • 11.50    Mohamedou Ould Slahi (remote testimony):  Experience of extraordinary rendition and torture
  • 12.30    Khadija Anna Pighizzini  (remote testimony):  Effect of extraordinary rendition & torture on families 
  • 1.00    Lunch
  • 2.00    Laura Pitter: Libyan dissidents rendered by US, connections to Aero
  • 2.30    Steve Kleinman: Torture and effective interrogation
  • 3.00    David Gushee: Torture and Christian teachings and morality
  • 3.20    Abdullah Antepli: Muslim perspective on torture; impact of rendition on Muslim communities
  • 3.40    Stephen Soldz: Role of health professionals in U.S. torture program
  • 4.10    Katherine Porterfield: Effects of U.S. torture on mental health of survivors
  • 4.40    Commissioners: Closing

December 1st, 2017

  • 9.00    Commissioners: Welcome & Overview of Day 1
  • 9.15    Glenn Carle: Interrogations at black sites; effects of the CIA’s moral gray zone 
  • 9.45   Sterling Thomas: Effects of torture on detainees and on government’s ability to achieve justice
  • 10.20    Mark Fallon: Impact of torture on preventing and countering terrorism.
  • 10.50    Alberto Mora: Strategic costs and consequences of rendition and torture
  • 11.30    Jayne Huckerby: Applying international law to U.S. torture and NC's role
  • 12.00     Lunch Break
  • 1.00     Allyson Caison: Effect on North Carolinians of “hosting” Aero Contractors
  • 1.15    Verla Insko: State legislature’s response to the revelations about Aero 
  • 1.30  Michael Struett: Politics of torture accountability in North Carolina
  • 2.00    Steven Watt: Accountability through the courts; prospects for legal redress
  • 2.40    Commissioners: Final remarks and Closing


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Logisitics & Details

The hearings are scheduled to take place at the Raleigh Convention Center, located at 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601 on November 30th 9am-5pm  & December 1st  9am-3pm. Please see the separate hearing agenda to know the specific time that you and other witnesses will present your testimony to the Commissioners. 

The nearest option to the convention center is the Sheraton located at 421 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601. The Sheraton is a one minute walk from the Convention Center so you will not need to coordinate travel to and from the hearings. Walking directions are below. 

Other, more affordable options within a short Uber ride include: 

Holiday Inn Raleigh Downtown - 320 Hillsborough St Raleigh NC 27603

Aloft Raleigh - 2100 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27607

Days Inn - 300 N Dawson St, Raleigh, NC 27603

DoubleTree - 1707 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27605

Raleigh is also an Airbnb city and has several affordable options.



Directions & Parking

Hotel to Convention Center

For those staying at the Sheraton Hotel, the Convention Center is just a two minute walk from the hotel. When exiting the Sheraton on Salisbury Street, turn left/south. The Sheraton will be on the right side after crossing Cabarrus Street. 

Raleigh Convention Center

The Raleigh Convention Center is located adjacent to the Red Hat Amphitheater.

The address is: 500 South Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

Follow signs inside to the hearing room. To the left as you enter from the main entrance.

Directions to Convention Center

From Points West: I-40 east to exit 298B South Saunders Street.

From Points East: 64/264 to I-440 east; merge onto I-40 west and exit at 298B South Saunders Street.

From Points South: US-1 north to I-40 east; exit at 298B South Saunders Street.

From Points North: US-1 South into the city - left on Lenoir Street.



Wake County Parking Deck
216 W Cabarrus St, Raleigh, NC 27601

Hourly Rate:
$1 per half hour

Daily Rate:
$10- daily maximum

Other paid lots and parking options can be found here.  


Parking Directions (to Wake Co. Parking Deck)

Coming into Raleigh....

From North or East: Traveling south on Dawson Street,  turn left onto Davie Street, turn right into parking deck.
From South or West: Traveling north on McDowell St, turn left onto Davie Street, turn Left into parking deck. 

From Parking Deck to Convention Center

Walk right on Davie Street until you reach Salisbury. Turn right on Salisbury until you reach the front entrance of the convention center. Signage and volunteers will direct you to the room. 


Nearby Food Options

There are several nearby food options in walking distance to the convention center and the Sheraton. Feel free to grab food from wherever, but below are nearby recommendations from a local!

Raleigh Lunch Ideas

Capital Club 16
16 W Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Locally sourced Traditional American fare (with a German influence) plus wine & spirits in a Depression-era landmark.

Happy and Hale
443 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Healthy but tasty quinoa bowls! Pick up or have it delivered https://order.happyandhale.com/


Raleigh Dinner Ideas

426 S McDowell St, Raleigh, NC 27601
 Poole’s Diner is famous in Raleigh. Ashley Christiansen is a nationally recognized chef. This is a fun must-do if you have the time. They don’t take reservations and can be a bit popular but worth the wait! 

Fiction Kitchen
428 S Dawson St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Delicious vegan option! Fiction kitchen is a brightly painted outpost with a globally inspired menu of thoughtfully sourced, all-vegetarian fare.